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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease and Clearwater Threshers Hope To Strike Out Breast Cancer With Pitch for Pink


CLEARWATER, Fla., (June 30, 2011) - Morton Plant Mease and the Clearwater Threshers team up again to hit another home run with the sixth annual Pitch for Pink event. Proceeds from Pitch for Pink benefit Morton Plant Mease breast health services and programs.

Dressed in pink jerseys, the Threshers, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, will take on the Fort Myers Miracle on July 22, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at Bright House Field, 601 N. Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. The jerseys and pink bats will be autographed and auctioned off in the silent auction with several other donated items from local businesses and individuals including a signed Mike Alstott football. A pink balloon raffle offers attendees a chance to win more prizes and pink baseballs will also be available for sale.

A special feature of the evening, the breast cancer survivor lap, takes place before the Threshers game. Breast cancer survivors are invited to take a lap around the bases with players of both teams and fans cheering them on, showing them support and recognizing their strength of battling breast cancer. 

"Pitch for Pink is a great breast cancer awareness event that gives back to the community by funding support groups, financial assistance programs and services for women in our community," said Dr. Barbara Bourland, MD, medical director of breast health services at Morton Plant Mease. "We hope this event sparks that reminder for women to get screened because early detection is key."

Also before the Threshers take to the field, a new Local Celebrities & Athletes Softball Game has been added to this year's event line up. The celebrity softball game starts at 4:30 p.m. and is an opportunity for the general public to raise money to play in the softball game alongside several local TV and radio personalities and local athletes including Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Maurice Stovall. Fans can come out early to cheer them on as they try to strike out each other.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and the first 1,000 women through the gates will receive a commemorative Pitch for Pink bag. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (727) 467-4457. Ticket prices: $5, $6.50 and $9. Since it's inception in 2006, Pitch for Pink has raised over $130,000.   

If you would like more information to participate in the local celebrities and athletes softball game, please call Amanda Koch at (727) 712-4405.

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals - Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at



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